Costa Rican Businesses Prepare for the Chinese Market
Various economic sectors of Costa Rica are working to obtain preferential consideration in the Free Trade Agreement with China.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
As an example, Florida Ice & Farm, which is already exporting its Imperial beer to the Asian country free of tariffs, wants that this preference to be consolidated into the Free Trade Agreement. Other sectors that have already eyed their position on the matter are sugar, ethanol, pasta, leather, meat, and fruit juice.
Sugar growers are confident they will obtain access to China's market.
In this negotiation round, the key topic is market access for products considered "sensitive".
Costa Rica will import raw alcohol from Brazil to dehydrate it and re-export it to the US with zero-tariff, in accordance with DR-CAFTA rules.
Exporters of dehydrated ethanol claim that the U.S. is applying an ad valorem tax of 2.5% which is outside of the provisions of DR-CAFTA.
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